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CEO Report June 2021 - Phil Lyons

10 June 2021

Kia ora Koutou,   On Sunday 30th May, we held our annual volunteer appreciation day.  This was a celebration of our volunteers and their wonderful contribution to the maunga.  Our stories ranged from 1998 to the present day,...

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Species Report June 2021 - Dr Janelle Ward

10 June 2021

Hochstetter’s frogs (Leiopelma hochstetteri) were first discovered at Maungatautari in 2004 and to date we are the only fenced Ecosanctuary to contain this rare and declining species.  Since 2009 the team at Ecoquest has been conducting a...

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The new SMM Biosecurity Plan and the expert support of STAP By Dan Howie

11 May 2021

As many Maunga Matters readers will know, much of the work conducted at SMM is guided by a biosecurity plan. The purpose of this plan is to outline the processes used to safeguard translocated indigenous species and to protect the sanctuary against...

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April Species Update. By Janelle Ward, Species Co-ordinator

11 May 2021

With the Autumn rain and humidity, the abundance of fungi has started to show and several rangers and visitors have seen some amazing mushrooms and other fungi over the past couple of months.  If you have an interest in fungi, the best way to help...

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An update on the kohanga kiwi project

An update on the kohanga kiwi project

3 February 2021

The five year project to release 500 new founding kiwi to the already bustling Maungatautari kiwi population has hit top gear this season. At the time of writing this we have released 54 kiwi since 16th of October 2020 compared to 29 we had released...

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Species update - January 2021

Species update - January 2021

3 February 2021

We are super pleased to announce the hatching of two takahÄ“ chicks in December this season – one chick each to new couples Hemi and Nancy (Wetland) and Pirie and Puiaki (Cooper’s). The Cooper’s chick hatched in the first few days of...

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Species update - December 2020

Species update - December 2020

22 December 2020

Fifty tuatara were released to Maungatautari in two locations in 2012, with 20 released to the Tuatarium in the Tautari Wetland. Initially our permit required tuatara be surveyed annually, after which the survey effort can be reduced to every five years...

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Species update - November 2020

Species update - November 2020

18 December 2020

This month the final lizard monitoring stations were set up at Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari, with 80 permanent survey stations installed in two main blocks within the 63ha mouse-free Southern Enclosure. Each station consists of two stacked Artificial...

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20+ conservation heading to Maungatautari

13 November 2020

The Department of Conservation Kiwibank Conservation Dogs programme is holding its annual training week at Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari. Many of the Kiwi Bank Conservation Dog handlers are in remote areas and do not often have the opportunity for...

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Species update - October 2020

Species update - October 2020

6 November 2020

By Janelle Ward, Species Coordinator Sanctuary Mountain’s five takahÄ“ juveniles were safely captured, checked and sent to Burwood Bush rearing facility in mid-August in a very successful but time pressured capture event –all chicks...

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Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust Board Community Trustee Vacancy

27 October 2020

Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust Board Community Trustee Vacancy   Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari (SMM) is New Zealand’s most ambitious and inspirational ecological restoration project.   Maungatautari Ecological Island...

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Water sampling testing at Maungatautari

Water sampling testing at Maungatautari

18 August 2020

By Adrian Cookson, AgResearch in Palmerston North. I’m a Microbiologist and am very interested in analysing the Escherichia coli bacteria as indicators of faecal contamination in waterways. My previous work in collaboration with Massey...

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Convex New Zealand Ltd and Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari team up!

Convex New Zealand Ltd and Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari team up!

19 June 2020

A new partnership between Hamilton based Convex and Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari is being celebrated with Convex planting 100 kowhai trees around the Tari Road Visitor Centre on Friday, 3 July. Around 20 team members from Convex will be heading to...

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Species update - May 2020

Species update - May 2020

5 June 2020

By Janelle Ward, Species Co-ordinator Insects rarely receive the same amount of attention as our more charismatic species such as kiwi or hihi. However, the rare and endangered species of New Zealand include many interesting insects. As part of our...

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Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari reopening at Alert Level 2 on Wednesday, 20 May

Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari reopening at Alert Level 2 on Wednesday, 20 May

8 May 2020

Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari's , Manu Tioriori, will reopen on Wednesday, 20 May. If one of the main things you have missed from the New Zealand Covid-19 lockdowns has been getting amongst nature – at Alert Level 2...

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Species update - April 2020

Species update - April 2020

4 May 2020

The magic of mushrooms Autumn is the best time to fossick for fungi and appreciate the magic of mushrooms! Our ranger Craig recently took this amazing shot of a North Island robin next to a beautiful fungus that popped up in the northern enclosure....

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COVID-19 Update: Moving into Alert Level 2

COVID-19 Update: Moving into Alert Level 2

4 May 2020

Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari will re-open the Manu Tioriori Visitor Centre when New Zealand moves to Alert Level 2. From this date, the Southern Enclosure Explorer Passes can be purchased online or directly at the Visitor Centre, located at 99 Tari...

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Species update - March 2020

Species update - March 2020

3 April 2020

It was the biggest day of the year for our takahe families on the 12th March, when all of them were captured for annual health checks and chick banding and vaccination.  Thankfully, all four babies have been growing well and are now starting to look...

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IMPORTANT NOTICE: Manu Tioriori our will be CLOSED from Sunday, 22 March

21 March 2020

IMPORTANT NOTICE: With the announcement from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on 21 March 2020 about COVID-19 alert systems and advice on minimising our movement around the country, we have made the difficult decision to close Manu Tioriori our from...

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Species update - February 2020

Species update - February 2020

3 March 2020

By Janelle Ward, Species Coordinator Despite the very dry weather, we have active and thriving species here at Maungatautari this summer.  Takahe – With the recent weather, the grass growth has slowed right down which impacts the feed...

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Species Update - January 2020

Species Update - January 2020

31 January 2020

Our charismatic birds such as kaka, takahe and kokako often gain a lot of the attention, but what about all the other precious species at the maunga? Native fish including giant and banded kokopu were reintroduced in 2007, Hochstetter’s frogs have...

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Summer highlights from a volunteer guide

Summer highlights from a volunteer guide

31 January 2020

By Rosie Cahalane I've now been guiding for two years and it is such a joy to introduce visiting groups to the maunga. It has helped me to truly appreciate the uniqueness of our environment and wildlife while at the same time meeting lots of...

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Nganekos Pou

Nganekos Pou

2 December 2019

By Graham Parker Nganeko’s Pou is a memorial to Nganeko Tawhai, who was the sole owner of Maungatautari 4GIV block in the 1800s. She was the wife of Mahuta Potatau Tawhiao, third king of the Waikato-Tainui iwi. This block formed the gateway...

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Long-term dedication from two volunteers

2 December 2019

By Neil Smith  Back in 2007 I started volunteering on the maunga by carrying out the monthly close-up inspections of the part of the perimeter fence on the boundary of the Andree-Wiltens farm. Soon after that I joined Rod’s gofer team and...

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Species update - November 2019

Species update - November 2019

2 December 2019

By Dr Janelle Ward, Species Co-ordinator  In my spare time over the past six months, I have been tackling our Maungatautari kiwi database to get it up to date and accurate. It’s amazing how easy it is for there to be errors in a...

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Track clearing

Track clearing

2 December 2019

By Peter Lee-Johnson, Programme Officer, Katikati Tramping Group (KKTC) When Jessica Meade approached me regarding our club spending a day at Sanctuary Mountain helping staff with track clearing, a notice to club members produced an enthusiastic...

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The life of a volunteer visitor host

The life of a volunteer visitor host

2 December 2019

My name is Ruth and for the past 10 years I have been a volunteer Visitor Host at Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari. I would like to share with you some thoughts about this wonderful safe haven.  The predator proof fence enclosing such a large...

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Carpark build starts at Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari

Carpark build starts at Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari

5 November 2019

Carpark build starts at Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari Construction on the new visitor carpark begins at Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari’s this Thursday, 7th November. We are very excited about this new development, but there will be some...

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Eco-sanctuaries

Eco-sanctuaries

31 October 2019

There are two types of ecosanctuaries; those which are fenced, such as our Maunga, and those which are not, but which rely on bait stations to provide a level of protection to enable native and endemic species to breed.  I have been involved with...

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Winter Wanderings

Winter Wanderings

31 October 2019

Winter Wanderings By Russell Ingram-Seal – invertebrate enthusiast, amateur photographer and kiwi conservation volunteer. In July I was lucky enough to be given permission to explore Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari to look at invertebrates...

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Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari and Mother Earth sign sponsorship deal

Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari and Mother Earth sign sponsorship deal

13 September 2019

Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari and food brand Mother Earth have partnered up for a sponsorship targeted at education programmes at the wildlife sanctuary.   The sponsorship will go towards improving the education programme that Sanctuary...

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Kokako population in Maungatautari is thriving

Kokako population in Maungatautari is thriving

7 December 2018

We are delighted to share with you the kokako census on Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari conducted by Ian Flux during September and October 2018.  According to the report: Nineteen (19) territorial pairs were confirmed. A further pair was...

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Finalist at 2018 New Zealand Biosecurity Awards

Finalist at 2018 New Zealand Biosecurity Awards

12 November 2018

Last 12 November 2018, Sanctuary Mountain Chief Executive Phil Lyons and Sanctuary Manager Geoff Churchill attended an awards gala evening for the Ministry for Primary Industries' New Zealand Biosecurity Awards. Sanctuary Mountain is a finalist...

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